UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record
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UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record

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An Air Force major is ordered to approach a UFO in his Phantom jet over Tehran, and his missile control becomes disabled. In Belgium, an Air Force colonel investigates a series of sightings of unidentified triangular objects. Here at home, a retired chief of the Federal Aviation Administration's Accidents and Investigations Division witnesses an encounter between an aircra...more
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N
It was nice to read a book about UFOs that wasn't a bunch of crazy bullshit. Kean and the contributors are careful to focus primarily on the scientific aspect of whether or not UFOs -- whatever they might be -- exist, and once it's convincingly established that they do, she outlines what we ought to do to study them and find out more. Kean acknowledges several places that crazy believers have done just as much damage as irrationally-dismissive skeptics (i.e. not those who are agnostic about the...more
Natalie
I loved it!

Fascinating and very well written. The author is able to suck you right in her book, weather you are pro or contra theses "stories". She does never try to convince you of any thing, just lists the facts, that she obviously took some time and effort to gather together, with unemotional and sober judgement.

An insightful conglomerate of information, from various sources, that Believers as well as Skeptics will find entertaining and revealing. Great, great read!

What conclusions your draw...more
Jon
UFOs are the strangest topic. Completely dismissed by the media, a subject that was believe it or not taken quite seriously up to about 1970 has been almost completely discredited among the intellectual classes in the U.S. Wild conspiracy theories and bizarre tales of "alien abduction" have served to create an ever-expanding mythology that has relegated the entire phenomenon to tabloid status.

Yet for people like me who have followed the literature and tried to separate the slim stalks of wheat...more
Eric
Interesting book that was maybe a little too long for the subject. The book surveys many of the most interesting UFO incidents seen by government officials like pilots and police. The accounts were interesting and generally believable. The book did spend an inordinate amount of time asking why the U.S. doesn't take UFOs more seriously. The last 2 chapters should have been 2 pages.
Michael Hughes
The definitive work on a much maligned and ridiculed subject. Closes the case—whatever UFOs are, there's no denying they are real. The pilots, generals, and military officials provide firsthand, unimpeachable evidence that no debunker can refute. An instant classic.
Ian
There are thousands and thousands of UFO books out there. They range from such folderol as 'A Dweller on Two Planets', 'Secret Nazi UFO Bases Revealed', or the timeless classic 'GREETINGS EARTHLINGS My name is Appleton and I come from the Planet Reginta' to serious studies of the phenomenon (or phenomena) written by credentialed military officers, main stream scientists, professional historians and investigative journalists.

Ms. Kean's book needs to be added to that latter list, and in my view it...more
David Goodberg
This is a fantastic book. While I love science fiction and astrobiology, I am always hesitant on anything related to the validity of UFOs because they are mostly silly, unprofessional and written by die-hard believers who don't discredit anything. This is a must read for anyone interested in the subject for all the right reasons.

This is more than a book about eye witnesses: its a collection of government reports and a detailed analysis of numerous high-ranking officials who have everything to lo...more
Phillip
This is a truly compelling book. Leslie Kean is an investigative journalist. When the French made all of their government UFO information available to the public a 90 page report was written by their top Air Force officers stating that UFOs are real, they are something that needs to be dealt with, and made proposals as to what our world population needs to do in the future. A colleague sent her a copy of the report.

It took years for Kean to do her research and to learn to be the writer about suc...more
Gene
While much of this covers the same topics: strange reports, known incidents, and historical facts like Project Grudge and
Project Blue Book it also contains very specific thoughts about alternate possibilities such as whether our Government can explain UFOs, or are as much baffled by them as the average citizen. It makes clear the fact that a certain part of the Government (which even Senator Goldwater and others cannot breach) controls the information on UFOs. Very good read!! One extremely int...more
Mack
Right off out of the gate in the introduction Kean sets the tone for how the reader is to examine the presented material. She does so by setting out in in simple and clear terms exactly what informed skepticism is. There are few books that cover this topic with the proper, honest, serious tone that it deserves. Kean does her profession and this much maligned area of study credit by approaching it with skepticism, rationality and with the facts. I personally am very picky when it comes to purchas...more
Phil Penhallow
Having read many books on UFO's throughout my life it was quite refreshing to read Leslie's. From the start you could tell this would be an honest account from someone who was initially sceptical about their existence yet found themselves increasingly drawn into the real world of UFO's where constant checking and verifying was needed to separate the "wheat from the chaff". The book brings in encounters from real incidents as told by the professionals who witnessed them, it also details the autho...more
Colin Wright
If you're a skeptical UFO-agnostic, you won't be able to help but shout 'Hell yeah!' from time-to-time while reading this book.

I say this because the author has taking an admirably practical approach to the UFO phenomena, repeating over and over in different ways that we need to explore this further because we don't know what it is, or what it could mean. That's it.

She takes no stance on alien life or anything else; just that good science says there's more than enough evidence to indicate 5%-ish...more
Matthew
I just had to read this. She makes a convincing case that the phenomenon that underlies UFO sighting should be taken seriously enough to be investigated. Rather dry reading, though, for all the firsthand accounts, though they are, by and large, from credible sources.
Dane Mamula
Best book on UFOs I've ever read...granted I haven't read many since I was a kid, but still, this is well worth your time. Objective to the point of restraint, eye-opening and just plain fascinating. I'm surprised this isn't garnering way more attention.
Julie Woodcock
It is unlikely that there is not something to the UFO question. The actual interviews were very interesting, but the writer's ongoing commentary was redundant and tedious and so it was a difficult read.
Meghan
This book is 95% surely going to change my life. I'm not kidding.
R.a. Deckert
Making the end of the world boring
Mar. 7th, 2011 | 04:21 pm

Leslie Kean's NYT bestseller on UFOs is an infuriating read.

The complete title is:

UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record

Right away you begin to see part of the problem. The only people that count in her universe are Important People, like generals, pilots, and government officials. Anyone without the proper credentials is clearly beneath notice.

It follows, of course, that since Leslie is one of those Important...more
Paul Pessolano
During the 1950's and 1960's there was a wave of UFO sightings which led Hollywood to produce such films as "The War of the Worlds" and "The Day the Earth Stood Still". Who can ever forget those immortal words spoken by Patricia Neal, "Klaatu Barada Nikto".

This book attempts to establish that UFO's do exist by using eyewitness accounts gathered from military and aviation witnesses and official investigators. There are several very convincing encounters that will definately have any skeptic quest...more
Don
Seems that many of the readers of this book gave it lower reviews since the testimonies provided by the author were only from pilots, military and political agencies. Understandably, the author, Leslie Kean, is a reporter trying to find some form of legitimacy to the UFO phenomena.

Frankly, I found this book to be one of the best UFO books written in the last 10 years (2010). Many of the key reports from very famous cases are known by those familiar with UFO literature - such as the Peruvian figh...more
Amy
For me this book ranges from three to four stars, depending on the chapter and my mood. To be fair, I'll give the book 4 stars, but I really would feel more comfortable with 3.5.

Many of the cases presented in this book were ones that I've heard of before (if there's a UFO show on TV, I'm going to watch it), so there wasn't a lot of information presented here that was particularly new to me. Also, I felt like Kean repeated herself quite a bit, so there were times when I did get a little sleepy as...more
Harrison
Kean makes a convincing case as to the physical reality of UFOs, the fact that they have been and are seen treated as of the utmost importance by governments all over the world (including the US, which routinely denies it), that they pose real safety concerns (e.g., in restricted airspace), and that a serious scientific study of the phenomenon is called for (including taking seriously the ET and interdimensional hypotheses). The book is very conservative in nature, focusing solely on highly docu...more
Deborah Pommer
Leslie Kean has written an impressive and well researched book. I saw an object/craft in November 2012 that I can't explain. I reported the following to MUFON/the Mutual UFO Network about the event.

I saw a black triangular object in the sky when I left work on 11/19/2012 at 7:58 pm. I walked out the side door of my office building. I had just walked up some stairs onto the outdoor plaza between two 4 story buildings and I saw a black triangular shaped aircraft flying very slowing above me betwee...more
Daniel
This book really is a triumph of reporting and activism for Leslie Kean, and I was sorely tempted to give this book a full five stars for its sheer importance.

Kean has basically assembled the most compelling case for the minimal argument that UFO's, or unidentified aerial phenomena, which she uses as a term that may set aside some unnecessary baggage, are a real, physical phenomena, setting aside the extraterrestrial hypothesis. Her selection of cases (IE: The Tehran Dogfight, Belgian Triangles...more
Dale Stonehouse
For those new to UFOs, this book is probably an eye-opener, if they get through it. I did not so much read it as page through it looking for any information I was not already familiar with and found it mostly disappointing. Oriented toward science and national defense, it is written in a way that did not hold my attention. The type of encounters I have had were not covered except for the triangular craft described as being predominant in the Belgium UFO wave of 1989-91. I saw one over my workpla...more
Michael DeRosa
My first impression of this book was that it was a rather dry sober and cautious approach to the subject of UFOs. After finishing the entire book however, I find that it is the most convincing and sobering book on UFOs that has ever been written. This book put any doubts about the existence of UFOs to rest with the sobering fact that entire governments of major countries in the world officially recognize UFOs as real physical objects of unknown origin. For instance did you know that the French g...more
Nina
Sep 28, 2010 Nina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nina by: Mama
There are some fascinating accounts of UFO sightings in this book. For example, a pilot who was circled by a UFO, called for help, two air force pilots escorted him on either side with the UFO circling between the small plane and the two air force planes (both pilots also giving accounts afterwards). And the UFO that was seen on the air force base by several military personnel, all whose reports were dismissed. And the fact that thousands of people saw a UFO fly over Phoenix and the governor of...more
Bob
Probably the best book on this topic that I've ever read, although not necessarily the most entertaining.

By sticking to absolutely unimpeachable witnesses and well-documented case histories, without editorializing as to "what it all means" (in other words, trying to enforce some kind of ideological agenda beyond what the evidence suggests on its own), it's a book full of information, without being a book full of fire or fantasy. But if it had been full of fire and fantasy, it would have hurt or...more
Jermajesty
This is a weird one to review for obvious reasons. This book is very different from what I had expected. It's by a "legit" mainstream media journalist, and I was expecting a "legit" journalist's take on credible accounts of UFO sightings and the like.

Instead, the book is sort of an open letter to the US Government to take UFO sightings and other such unidentifiable aerial phenomena seriously. I actually did not know that many other countries- from the 3rd world like Iran and Peru, to the 1st wo...more
Martin Faktor
One of the worst of books I've read in a few years! I've read this book because I heard Michio Kaku recommend it. I am awfully disappointed. The only evidence here in the favor of extraterrestrial hypothesis are personal experiences. Author tried to sound sciencey at the beginning of the book, but soon after changed argumentation to as the extraterrestrial explanation is the only one explanation left. On the other way as I was reading I could still find plenty of other explanations. For example...more
Glen
This is the ultimate book for people to read if they are skeptics about the possibility/probability/reality of the UFO phenomena. Author Leslie Kean actually has, to escape the cultural baggage of that term, has coined a new, more accurate one; UAP, or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.

The pages of this book are filled with the first-hand testimonials of witnesses so credible, so respected in our society (air traffic controllers, 5 star generals, Pilots, etc) that I will go out on a limb and say th...more
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